Outdoor Rug History


Ever wondered the history behind that outdoor rug you’ve got outside on your deck and patio? Well wonder no longer because we’ve got you covered with this outline on the origins of rugs and how far they’ve developed since.  So feel free to take a look!

So let’s start with a little backstory.
Some of the earliest known examples have been shown to have existed in Western Asia at in the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC with some possible evidence pointing all the way back to the 7th millennium!  However the earliest surviving example is call the Pazyrk carpet from the 5th-4th century BC in Siberia.  These rugs would be crafted in India and Persia and then traded throughout the region and used for everything from saddlebags to tent fabric.
Pazyrk Rug
Of course all of those rugs were hand-woven, the implementation of looms in the 18th century started to creep in on the handmade market.  The loom made it far more efficient and simple to produce rugs on a much larger scale.  It wasn’t until the 19th century during the industrial revolution that automation started to enter the production and manufacturing scene.
Now that we’ve all got a little background on the history of rugs we can move on to where we are now with a few different kinds of rugs.
First up we have Machine-Made Rugs
These rugs are mechanically produced with numbers in mind.  Those being cost and sheer output, meaning keeping the cost low and the output high.  Machine-made rugs can produce a very large amount of rugs with a repeated pattern but at the cost of a somewhat limited variety of options for design and color.
Machine Made Rug
Next up we have Flat-Weave Rugs
Known commonly as “flat” rugs, this variety of rugs is unique in that they are reversible and they allowing for the pattern of the rug to be seen on both sides.  Limited by their thinness, these rugs can cause slippage if used without a proper rug pad and hide any stains fairly poorly.
Flat Weave Rugs
Hand-Hooked Rugs
In more recent decades hand-hooked rugs have followed quilters in exploring new materials and new techniques. This experimentation, combined with knowledge and respect for the past, will allow rug hooking to evolve and grow in the 21st century. Rug hooking today has evolved into two genres, which primarily fall into groups based upon the width of the wool strip employed to create a rug: fine hooking and primitive hooking.
Hand-Hooked Rugs
Hand-Tufted Rugs
These are carpets that have their pile injected into a backing material, which is itself then bonded to a secondary backing made of a woven hessian weave or a man-made alternative to provide stability. The pile is often sheared in order to achieve different textures. This is the most common method of manufacturing of domestic carpets for floor covering purposes in the world.
Hand Tufted Rugs
Braided Rugs
The braided rug was a staple in early, Colonial American culture. Settlers used scraps of clothing and other excess materials to make a floor covering that would provide warmth and protection for a particular home’s inhabitants and guests.
Braided area rugs can be constructed in a variety of different ways including a banded braid construction, cloth braid construction, flat braid construction and yarn braid construction. Banded braid constructions boast wide bands of either solid colored or variegated braids made from predetermined patterns to offer an appealing, thick look.
Braided Rugs
 

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